Kidnappers have released the mother of Bordeaux, Nigeria winger Samuel Kalu after holding her for nearly a week, police in the country’s southeast. Ozuruonye Juliet Kalu was seized from her car on February 27 as she travelled to her home in Abia state.

Reports said the kidnappers demanded some three million naira ($40,000, 35,000 euros) for her release. Abia State police spokesman Godfrey Ogbona said that it was not known whether the money was paid.

According to him, Juliet Kalu was released around midnight (2300 GMT) of Monday and she has been reunited with her people. Circumstances surrounding her release has not been disclosed to anyone for now.

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“But we are still investigating the incident in a bid towards ensuring that those who carried out the act are arrested and brought to book.”

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